A number of comments by readers on our story about the trip by 60 of Tallahassee’s political and business leaders to Boulder Colorado raised several relevant questions.
For example, Terry Ryan commented:
Can you provide a side by side comparison of the two cities from the Harvard report’s statistical info (e.g. Percentage of single parent households, school graduation rates, etc)?
Listed below is a table with a comparison of various demographic factors for Boulder County and Leon County
Notable differences appear in racial diversity, average wages, types of jobs and job growth over the last ten years.
Boulder County population is 14.7% minority (Hispanic & African American) while Leon County’s population is 36.9% minority. Bolder County’s population is 1.0% African American compared to 31.0% in Leon County
The average wage per job in Boulder County is $58,000, approximately 50% higher than the average wage per job of $40,288 in Leon County.
A notable difference also appeared in the types of jobs in each community. Just over 83% of Boulder County’s jobs are in the private sector while just over 64% of Leon County’s jobs are in the private sector.
Also, manufacturing jobs make of 10% of Boulder’s jobs while only 1% of Leon County jobs fall in that category.
And finally, job growth in Boulder over the 10 years from 2003-2013 grew at a 9.3% rate. Leon County actually lost jobs during this period.
|Boulder County, CO||Leon County, FL|
|Per Capita Per. Income||$54,968||$38,345|
|Single Parent Households||6.7%||9.2%|
|Married with Children||20.4%||14.8%|
|Bachelor's Deg. or More||58.3%||44,2%|
|Private Employ.||137,766 (83.7%)||89,425(64.9%)|
|Average Wage Per Job||$58,002||$40,288|
|Job Growth 2003-13||13,975 (9.3%)||-3,701(-2,6%)